Green Transition: Advancing Academia’s Role in Sustainable Innovation


University of Maribor and University of Orléans invite PhD students to the 1st International PhD Conference, entitled Green Transition: Advancing Academia’s Role in Sustainable Innovation.

In the face of climate change and environmental degradation, the imperative for a green transition has never been more pressing. Achieving sustainability requires a concerted effort across all sectors of society, with academia playing a pivotal role in driving innovative solutions. By conducting interdisciplinary research, educating future leaders, and fostering collaboration with stakeholders, academia can accelerate the green transition and pave the way for a more sustainable and resilient world.

This doctoral conference aims to bring together doctoral students from various disciplines and universities within ATHENA to explore academia’s crucial role in driving sustainable innovation towards a greener future. Join us in sharing your research, insights, and ideas on how academia can promote environmental sustainability.

Are you committed to contributing to a more sustainable future through your doctoral research? We invite you to join a gathering of doctoral students from various disciplines within the ATHENA network, aimed at discussing the role of innovative doctoral research in fostering a greener tomorrow. This international doctoral conference offers a platform to present your work, engage with fellow researchers from other European countries, and explore how your research is part of the broader movement towards environmental sustainability. It’s an opportunity to contribute to a meaningful dialogue on sustainable innovation in a thoughtful, collaborative setting.

We invite doctoral students of ATHENA from all fields of research to participate in this online doctoral conference, consisting of a 15-minute oral presentation and short discussions afterwards. We will gather all contributions in a book of abstracts, which will be printed and available online.

Who can participate?
Doctoral students from all ATHENA universities.

How to participate?
Doctoral students can apply by filling out the application form with a short abstract of up to 250 words. Send the application form to your university at the address listed below, and each university will select two candidates to participate in the conference.
The abstract must include a title, the author(s)’ name(s), and a summary of research/doctoral topic results and any interesting facts.

Important dates
Abstract submission deadline: May 16, 2024 (apply at your university – list available below)
Notification of acceptance: May 23, 2024
Conference: June 12 and 13, 2024
Book of abstracts: July 2024

List of contacts for application

University Contact Contact persons
Hellenic Mediterranean University Konstantinos Petridis
Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin Karolina Sokolińska
University of Maribor Maja Godina Marin
University of Orléans Ioan Todinca,
Virginie Le Tallec
University of Salento
University of Siegen Daniel Müller
University of Vigo María Isabel del Pozo Triviño
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University Skirmantė Mozuriūnaite
Carinthia University of Applied Sciences in Austria Pebayle Melissa
Polytechnic Institute of Porto Carlos Ramos
Igor Sikorsky Kyiv Polytechnic Institute Anatolii Melnychenko